Spring has officially sprung! That means it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll stay cool this summer and getting your AC ready for the upcoming season. After months without use, your AC needs some love, care, and maintenance! Use this guide to ensure your AC is ready, and running efficiently and effectively.
Tips to Prepare Your AC for Spring
1. Clean or replace your air filters.
One of the most important steps in preparing your AC for spring is to clean or replace the air filters. Over time, and during the winter when not in use, air filters can become clogged with dirt and debris, making it difficult for your AC to circulate cool air effectively. A dirty air filter can also cause your AC to work harder – and that can lead to higher energy bills and even system failure. So, it’s important to clean or replace your air filters before starting up your AC in the spring.
2. Inspect the outdoor unit.
The outdoor unit of your AC can also get clogged with dirt, leaves, and other debris over the winter months. This can restrict airflow and force your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. You can prevent this by inspecting the outdoor unit and removing any debris that has accumulated over the winter. You can use a garden hose to gently rinse off the unit – but be careful not to damage any of the components.
3. Clean your vents.
Next, clean out your vents. Just like the air filter and outdoor unit, your vents and registers can get clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris. This restricts airflow and reduces the efficiency of your AC system. Ultimately, this can lead to reduced cooling capacity, higher energy bills, and possibly even system failure.
Tips for Cleaning AC Vents:
- Use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust and dirt.
- You can also wipe down the vents with a damp cloth.
- Be sure to clean both the indoor and outdoor vents, as both can get dirty.
- If you notice that the vents are particularly dirty, have a professional HVAC technician clean them for you.
A technician will use specialized equipment and techniques to thoroughly clean the vents and ensure your AC system is running at its best.
4. Give it a test run.
It’s also a good idea to turn on your air conditioner and test it before you really need it. This will make sure your system is working properly and it will also help you identify any potential problems before they turn into bigger problems.
Tips to Test Run Your AC
- Turn it on and let it run for a few minutes.
- Make sure that cool air is coming out of all the vents and that the airflow is strong and consistent.
- Listen for unusual noises such as rattling or banging as they could indicate a problem with the system.
- Check the thermostat to ensure it’s working properly and communicating with the system.
If you notice any issues during the test run, contact Spring Home to have a licensed technician inspect the unit as soon as possible.
5. Schedule a tune-up.
Finally, get an AC tune-up in the spring before the hot weather starts. A professional HVAC technician can inspect your AC system, check for any potential issues, and perform any necessary repairs or maintenance. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your air conditioner is working effectively and efficiently and can help prevent costly breakdowns and repairs down the line.
Is Your AC Ready?
You can take all of these steps to help ensure your AC is set and ready to go when the hot weather hits. Alternatively, you can call Spring Home and have a professional handle all the details. Either way, get your spring tune-up and maintenance so you know that your AC will be problem-free and able to keep you cool all summer long!
Get summer ready!
Contact Spring Home for your AC tune-up today.
The Spring Home team has been servicing the HVAC needs of the GTA for over 20 years. Our award-winning team of licensed technicians is committed to providing our clients with service they can trust and equipment they can rely on.